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Tuesday, 21 November, 2000, 10:12 GMT
Potts awaits pay-out, four years on
Lisa Potts with former pupils
Lisa Potts' arm was nearly severed in the attack
A former nursery nurse injured shielding youngsters from a machete attack has not yet received full compensation - four years after the attack.

Lisa Potts, 25, was awarded the George Medal for protecting her primary school class in Wolverhampton from a paranoid schizophrenic, Horrett Campbell, who was subsequently jailed for life.

She was given an interim payment of 8,000 three years ago but has received nothing since. She says she wants her case to be settled so she can put the whole chapter behind her.


What I struggle with the most is not what happened to me but that I saw children being severed across the face

Lisa Potts
But the chief executive of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, Howard Webber, said he did not know when she would receive her full compensation.

"We are sorry about the delay but this is an unusual case," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

"Lisa Potts' courage is not in question. Unfortunately the programme we administer doesn't pay rewards for courage. It pays for the pain and suffering of an injury and the loss of earnings.

"There are some pretty complicated calculations involved but we want to settle the case as soon as possible."

The machete attack happened at St Luke's Primary School in Wolverhampton in 1996.

Ms Potts, who has now trained as a counsellor, shielded children from Campbell's blows with her arm, which was almost severed in the attack.

Four children were also injured in the attack.

'Struggle'

Ms Potts has had three operations since then to repair damaged tendons, but still has little feeling in her left arm.

The latest operation was carried out last week at Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital.

She now faces three months of intensive occupational therapy and has been forced to take a break from charity work.

She told the Today programme that the prolonged compensation case was preventing her from fully moving on with her life.

"Because it is such an on-going case it stops me from putting the incident behind me and looking where I am going to go with a new career, because obviously I lost my job on that day," she said.

"What I struggle with the most is not what happened to me but that I saw children being severed across the face, and most days I do think about it."

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